A sanctuary with dogs and music

23:40, Apr 19 2012

Lend a hand

Sir Paul Callaghan's last speech before he lost his battle for survival was truly visionary.

He had previously launched an ambitious plan to create 12 100,000 hectare predator-proof sanctuaries on prime Department of Conservation estate.

"We don't have a Stonehenge or a Great Wall of China, but we have these remarkable creatures that are part of our heritage," he said.

In February he exhorted a packed audience to embrace a "mad" idea suggesting that all exotic pests threatening New Zealand's forests, birds and wildlife could be exterminated, starting from Stewart Island and working our way up. Forest and Bird hosted a summit at which 20 predator scientists and conservation workers agreed this mad idea is achievable.

Kaipupu Sanctuary will be a vital link in this vision. Tomorrow all are welcome to a working bee and barbecue to celebrate progress and help with some track clearing and trap maintenance. Barbecue at the new jetty. Sausages, juice and moa provided, ladies (and gentlemen of course) a plate.


Meet at Carey's Boatyard at 9am. Bring slashers, loppers, rakes. Phone Dave Nichols 035738818 or 0274372252. See you there.



Dog control

In response to the article "We have a right not to be afraid" [Express, April 16], I agree absolutely.

I was recently attacked by a dog which was an incredibly traumatic event and has left me fearful, anxious and unable to sleep. Thankfully the dog in question was destroyed.

However, the message needs to be heard loud and clear – keep control of your dog.

If you choose to have a dog, remember it is your dog and your responsibility.

Frequently, walking at the river or on the street, people let their dogs run up to strangers, around children. Some dogs even jump up or approach prams.

What do the owners do? Nothing much. Perhaps they call to the dog. Big deal.

It is your dog, and if I don't want it near me, it seems I don't have a choice. This blase attitude is echoed by the statement, "my dog is harmless" or the owner simply laughs.

Following my dog attack, the hospital doctor informed me I was the second dog attack patient of the day and frequently they see three, sometimes four, a day. This issue needs public awareness.

I am certainly in favour of a dog park being established in our community and owners remembering their dog is their dog.



Road works

One has to ask the question, who is the person in charge of scheduling road maintenance in Marlborough?

Every year during the peak of traffic flow brought on by the grape harvest, this person decides to order road maintenance on all the main routes around Marlborough.

This causes delays for busy transport operators and I would imagine great frustration for the roading crews who turn up the next morning to find their previous day's preparation work is full of ruts and pot holes to try and repair ready for sealing.

Case in point: Just west of Renwick on State Highway 63, the crew ripped up and repaired a section of the road which, after re-sealing, was so rough that the next day they are out trying to fill in the holes and undulations with hot mix.

This in turn will disintegrate in the next couple of weeks given the high traffic flow of large trucks and I will put money on it that they will be back repeating the entire exercise in a month's time.

This is a bad decision and inept use of taxpayers' money.



Unplugged, unhappy. Unbelievable.

That is the only way to describe the Farmer's Market musicians being forced to unplug.

Yes, I understand that the permit is for acoustic-only instrumentation. So, get the right permit, and in the meantime allow the wonderful tradition of having music at the market to continue.

Some people are born to complain. Home owners in that area, like homeowners around an airport, bought in that area knowing the A&P grounds were there. The price of their property takes that into account.

What next? Complaining that they can smell sausages sizzling or coffee brewing when the wind is in their direction? Get a life.



Market music

With all the trouble and strife going on in the world I cannot believe that someone would complain about daytime music ["Music at market silenced", Express, April 17].

I have heard Jokers Wild at Picton Farmers' Market and thought they were excellent. In fact, they made me feel like dancing.

Last week there was a man playing the saxophone which you couldn't hear unless you were standing right there in front of him, which was a shame.

Music is all part of the feelgood factor of living in a lovely part of the country and having a nice morning out. Come and join in instead of complaining.



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